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NYY Steak, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

5550 NW 40  St. Coconut Creek, FL 33073

954-935-6NYY (6699)

 
 
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By Jana Soeldner Danger

As you enter NYY Steak, the first thing you see is a butcher shop with luscious looking cuts of meats on display, and a butcher busily at work cutting and trimming. It is an interesting eye-catcher, and a great way to see the quality meats you’ll have an opportunity to indulge in.

All the steaks are USDA Prime and are dry-aged on the premises, with head butcher Walter Apfelbaum, who’s been in the business for many years, carefully overseeing the process. The restaurant also does a very good job with seafood, and desserts are more than noteworthy.

Everything at NYY Steak, located in the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, bespeaks understated elegance, with enough casual flair to chase any hint of stuffiness. Mozambique wood walls accented with bronze mirrors and black oak floors lend a natural, earthy ambience. The restaurant is a joint venture between Hard Rock International and the New York Yankees, and the partnership is illustrated by a wall decorated with the signatures of past and present players, baseball diamond-shaped dinner plates imprinted with retired Yankees numbers, and the striped baseball uniform-style shirts that peek out from under servers’ white jackets. Another wall features a nearly ceiling-to-floor glassed in wine case, and the theater kitchen offers a clear view of chefs and their preparations.

Servers are knowledgeable and professional. Soon after you are seated, a server arrives with hot, moist towels for your hands. Next comes a basket of tasty pretzel and cranberry breads, accompanied by goat cheese butter and mustard sauce.

Appetizers

We began with delicious crab cakes ($19). They were virtually all lump crab meat seasoned with Old Bay with specks of fresh chopped parsley, and no discernible breading. Crab bisque ($12), made with Alaskan King, was smooth and creamy, with just a hint of sherry. An unusual and playful appetizer, bacon strips ($15), was very good—the pork is cured and smoked in-house and marinated in orange juice. The thick strips had the right amount of fat for flavor and were crispy, yet still juicy.

Other appetizers include a selection of shellfish from the restaurant’s raw bar (sampler for two $55, for four $95), sea scallops ($18), shrimp cocktail ($19), beef carpaccio ($19), stuffed BBQ shrimp ($19), tuna tartare ($19), oysters Rockefeller ($14), French onion soup ($11), and chopped salad ($13). 

Entrees

The steak we chose from among several possibilities was a 16-ounce, bone-in New York strip ($53). The thick, tender cut was cooked perfectly to order, charred just enough on the outside, and moist and juicy inside. Served with buttery béarnaise and mustard sauce, it is sure to please any steak lover. Other possibilities are a 26-ounce long-bone rib eye ($59), 24-ounce porterhouse ($69), filet mignon (8-ounce $39; 12-ounce $55), and a 14-ounce chopped steak ($23).

Sea bass ($35) had a crispy, golden exterior, and a firm and flaky interior. The thick cut was cooked just enough, and tasted as fresh as if it had just been pulled from the water. Served over wild mushroom risotto, the sea bass was finished with a dusky pomegranate and black berry sauce, a nice accent for the mild fish, but there could have been more of it. All three fish choices on the menu--the other two are grilled Ahi tuna and pan-seared snapper (both $34), are line caught.

The steak and fish were excellent, but the best dish we had was the American lamb chops ($52). The dry-aged chops were rubbed with fresh, fragrant rosemary and garlic, and nicely grilled. The seasoning was perfect, and both the flavor and texture of the meat were outstanding. The chops were among the best we have ever had, and anyone who enjoys lamb should not miss them.

A number of sides ($9-$12) are offered, and at our server’s suggestion, we tried the corn, as well as the garlic mashed potatoes. The fresh-from-the-cob corn, sautéed with bacon, shallots, fresh thyme and parsley, was crisp-tender and very flavorful. The mashed potatoes were creamy and smooth, but although I love garlic, it was a bit too strong, overpowering the mild taste of the potatoes.

Among the other entrees are a veal chop ($49), Alaskan king crab ($50), double cut pork chop ($33), free range chicken ($34), short rib ragù ($32), and whole Maine lobster ($50). 

Desserts

Desserts at NYY Steak are prepared in a nook on one side of the dining room, so if you wish, you can watch the pastry chef at work. We tried the colossal chocolate cake ($13), and it truly was colossal. Expect to share the huge slice of cake with someone, or take part of it home with you. It was delicious, with very moist, dark chocolate cake layered with chocolate mousse, wrapped in rich ganache, and accented with fresh blueberries, raspberries and warm fudge.

Other dessert choices include cheesecake ($11), crème brûlée ($12), cookies and cream ($11), beignets ($11), vanilla ice cream covered with Heath bar crunch flambéed tableside ($15), a cupcake of the day and house-made ice creams.

NYY Steak offers quality, mouthwatering fare, excellent service and a casually elegant ambience. After you pay a visit, you are likely to come back again.

 

3NYY Steak, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek -  5550 NW 40th St. Coconut Creek, FL 33073 - 954-935-6NYY (6699)

Hours: Sun-Thu 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Prices: Appetizers $11-$19; entrees $32-$69; desserts $11-$15

Liquor: Full bar, varied wine list

 

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